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  NCJ Number: NCJ 182335     Find in a Library
  Title: Incarcerated Parents and Their Children
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Christopher J. Mumola
  Editor(s): Ellen Goldberg ; Tom Hester
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 08/2000
  Page Count: 12
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report presents data from the 1997 Surveys of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities concerning inmates with minor children.
  Abstract: Numeric tables present data on the percent of inmates with children under the age of 18, whether or not inmates lived with their children prior to admission, and the children's current care givers. Tables also present 1999 estimates of the number of parents in State and Federal prisons, as well as the number of minor children and households affected by the imprisonment of a parent. Information on inmates' frequency and type of contact with their children is provided. Characteristics of incarcerated parents are detailed in tables which present data on current offenses, criminal histories, and sentence lengths. This BJS Special Report also presents data on incarcerated parents' reports of prior drug and alcohol abuse, and mental health services, as well as various socioeconomic data, including employment and income at time of arrest, and prior experiences of homelessness. Highlights include the following: In 1999 an estimated 721,500 State and Federal prisoners were parents to 1,498,800 children under age 18; 22 percent of all minor children with a parent in prison were under 5 years old. Prior to admission, less than half of the parents in State prison reported living with their children -- 44 percent of fathers, 64 percent of mothers. 15 tables
  Main Term(s): Inmate statistics
  Index Term(s): Drug abuse ; Children of incarcerated offenders ; Mental health services ; Alcohol abuse ; Families of Prisoners/Inmate Families ; Parent-Child Relations ; Inmate characteristics ; Homeless persons ; Sentencing statistics
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  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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